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June Is Audiobook Month #JIAM @audiobookSYNC

Get Caught Listening

To celebrate Audiobook Month, I’m listening to three audiobooks at the same time. (I’m listening to each one at different times, but all at the same time, too, if you know what I mean.)

Red Hook RoadUsually two at a time is my maximum for audiobooks, but I’m listening to Red Hook Road (Midwest Tape, 2010) written by Ayelet Waldman, narrated by Kimberly Farr, on CDs borrowed from the library, because I couldn’t get the audio download through OverDrive or Axis360 from any of my public library sources.

sin-eaters-daughter-101262-sync2016-2000x2000Then, when my Axis360 app wouldn’t work and I couldn’t finish listening to The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, narrated by Mia Barron the other day, I downloaded a SYNC free audiobook to listen to: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, narrated by Amy Shiels.

Since listening on CD means I can’t listen to Red Hook Road except at home and The Sin Eater’s Daughter is good so far, but not gripping, I decided to start Armada by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton, once I finished The Nest (which I really liked, by the way). I’ve been noticing a few reviewers have said they didn’t fall in love with Armada the way they did with Ready Player One, so I wanted to get to it before I ran across any spoilers.

ArmadaI haven’t gotten too far into Armada, but I like it! So far there’s really no love story going on, it’s all Space Invader-style video game and scifi movies, but Wil Wheaton’s narration is great and I’m enjoying the voice of the main character.

SYNC from AudioFile

What I really wanted to mention with this post, though, was the weekly free audiobook downloads that are offered by AudioFile through the annual SYNC program, where you can download two audiobook titles a week: a YA novel paired with either a classic novel or multi-voice production of a play.

The selection changes each Thursday at 7 am. EDT, so bookmark audiobooksync.com to check selection weekly, or to sign up to receive weekly email or text reminders.

sync-poster-no-dates-2016-finalIf you have the OverDrive app on your phone or mp3 player already, all you need to do is add SYNC as a library and you can easily download the weekly selections. (They do take up room on your phone, though, so you might want to download them on a computer if you’re not going to listen right away.) There is no loan period; the audiobook files are yours to keep!

Sync 2014 Has Started: Two Free Audiobook Downloads a Week @audiobookSYNC

Audiobook Sync bannerI think of these annual Audiobook Sync weekly audiobook pairings as free summertime downloads of YA lit and classics, but the 2014 Audiobook Sync kicked off on May 15, and is already into the second week.

cover imagecover image of Oedipus the King audiobookThis week’s selections are Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio) and Oedipus the King by Sophocles, with Michael Sheen and full cast (Naxos Audiobooks). Click here to download!

You only have one week to download one or both of the free offerings, but once you’ve downloaded them, they are yours to keep! All you have to do is download Overdrive Media Console and install it on your computer, or download and install the Overdrive Media Console app onto your mobile device. The only information you have to provide is name and email address. There’s no membership fee or account to set up. It’s the best deal on the Internet!

Afraid of forgetting or missing a week? TEXT syncya to 25827 for text alerts or visit audiobooksync.com to sign up for email alerts. SYNC 2014 badge

Hosted by AudioFile Magazine, with titles delivered by Overdrive, the Sync program is made possible by the participation of audiobook publishers:

Bolinda Audio
Brilliance Audio
Christian Audio
Hachette Audio
Harper Audio
L.A. Theatre Works
Listening Library
Naxos Audio
Oasis Audio
Post-Hypnotic Press
Recorded Books
Remembrance Publishing
Scholastic Audiobooks
Tantor Audio

 Not in the United States? Check out the list of SYNC titles that are available internationally.

SYNC Summer ’13 Opens with a Splash

SYNC_13_300x250Mermaids, monsters, and mistaken identities start off the summer of free audiobook downloads from SYNC with a splash. Hosted by AudioFile Magazine, SYNC offers a whole summer of free, legal audiobook downloads – a new pairing of a YA title with a classic work each week from now until August 15, 2013.

I’m sorry to be late with this announcement for anyone who doesn’t already know about SYNC. Today, June 5th, is the last day to download the first pair of audiobooks!

Download the first free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic pair from SYNC here. TEXT syncya to 25827 for alerts on the SYNC title releases or subscribe to email reminders at the Web site.

This Week’s Audiobooks:
Available to download free May 30 – June 5

Of Poseidon
By Anna Banks
Read by Rebecca Gibel
Published by AudioGO

“Gibel’s flirty banter will make a big splash with listeners.”  –AudioFile Magazine

Listen to an audio sample of Of Poseidon.

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Performed by a Full Cast
Published by AudioGO/ BBC Radio

A storm rages. Prospero and his daughter watch from their desert island as a ship carrying the royal family is wrecked. Miraculously, all on board survive. Plotting, mistaken identities, and bewitching love follow as the travelers explore the strange place of spirits and monsters.

Listen to an audio sample of The Tempest.

AudioGO_120Thank you to AudioGO for generously providing this week’s titles.

Available for a limited time
Remember–grab these titles tonight before they are replaced by a new pairing on June 6!  While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not.  Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Downloading Tips
The OverDrive Media Console will deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you via Overdrive Media Software installed on your computer (compatible with Windows and Mac) or through an Overdrive app on your mobile device (compatible with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7).
Visit OverDrive to download the Overdrive app or software program for your computer, if you don’t already use it.

Don’t miss the remaining summer season of SYNC audiobook downloads! There are some of my favorite narrators represented here:

June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)

June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

June 20 – June 26, 2013
Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (Christianaudio)

June 27 – July 3, 2013
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)

July 4 – July 10, 2013
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 11 – July 17, 2013
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)

July 18 – July 24, 2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

July 25 – July 31, 2013
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, read by Steve West (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)

Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)

Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)